I asked my sister to get me one for Christmas, but she got me one of those cloth grocery bag things instead (a very nice cloth grocery bag thing from a tourist gift shop in Europe, but definitely not a substitute for something I can both carry work papers in and take to a conference. I’m sure if I were in a less Boston-y field in terms of formality, it would work except that it’s still too tall.)
I had been using my limited edition Medela bag after DC1 stopped needing it, but that ceased to be limited edition so everybody with kids knows it’s a breast-pump bag now and we’re using it as a diaper bag anyway.
I can’t ask my sister to get me another women’s briefcase because that would be embarrassing for everybody. And I really shouldn’t put it on my Amazon wish-list either because she would know. That means I have to buy my own. (I’ll just have to be careful that she doesn’t see the one she got me getting groceries.)
I’m looking to spend under $150, preferably $120 or less.
Does anybody have a bag that they absolutely love? It needs to look professional, fit papers and manilla folders, not be too heavy, be sturdy, not be a PITA to deal with (as in, you don’t have to fiddle with leather straps and buckles every time you want to put something in or take something out), fit under the plane seat in front of me… and probably a bunch of other things I’m not even aware of. Being able to fit in a laptop is a plus but not a necessity. Ditto pockets.
#2 loves this one, and for a couple of years was the only person in town with it, but now the local Macy’s has it and so does everyone else. It has inspired much covetousness from others. Mine’s brown, not black, but it has the same lovely blue interior. I think maybe they’re only available in black now? Anyway, it’s been a lovely workhorse.